Dappy's trial put back to January
Aug 24, 2012, 8:02 GMT
Dappy's trial has been put back until January to allow him to go on tour.
The 25-year-old rapper will stand trial charged with affray, along with three other men, in the new year after his record label asked for a delay to the hearing after investing Â£1 million on his debut solo album 'Bad Intentions'.
Dappy's lawyer Jimmy Vakil told Guildford Crown Court in Surrey, South East England yesterday (23.08.12): 'My client is in the music industry and he has a number of commitments.
'His debut [solo] album is out on October 8th and he is on tour from November 28th to December 21st.
'Â£1 million has been invested in him and the band [by the record company]. The only way this money can be made back is if it's properly promoted.'
The N-Dubz star - whose real name is Costadinos Contostavlos - has been hit with the affray charge along with Kieran Patrick Vassell, Kalonji David Stewart, and Alfred James Miller, after the group allegedly got involved in an altercation at a Shell petrol station in Guildford in April, which reportedly left three men with 'serious facial injuries'.
Dappy and his three fellow defendants - who were told off by a judge at Guildford Magistrates Court in May as they reportedly tutted and talked during evidence - were present at Guildford Crown Court yesterday.
Dappy was spotted outside wearing an Olympics-style hoodie, but he had a suit and tie on underneath.
All four men deny the charges and will be tried on January 7.
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